Developing a microinsurance plan for California earthquakes

Nine out of 10 Californians are uninsured against earthquake risk, which could slow economic recovery in neighborhoods and cities around the state after a...

Anticipating hazards from fracking-induced earthquakes in Canada and US

As hydraulic fracturing operations expand in Canada and in some parts of the United States, researchers are taking a closer look at ways to...

Seismologists offer detailed look at New Zealand’s Kaikoura earthquake

The magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake that struck the South Island of New Zealand last November was the largest on-land recorded earthquake in the country's...

Polar glaciers may be home to previously undiscovered carbon cycle

Microbes in streams flowing on the surface of glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic may represent a previously underestimated source of organic material and...

Technology to improve rockfall analysis on cliffs could save money, lives

Researchers have developed a new, automated technology to analyze the potential for rockfalls from cliffs onto roads and areas below, which should speed and...

Evaluating cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos

A new method has been devised for assessing the cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos shared on a social-networking service. Data obtained with...

Ant agricultural revolution began 30 million years ago in dry, desert-like climate

Millions of years before humans discovered agriculture, ants were farming fungus beneath the surface of the Earth. By tracing their evolutionary history, scientists have...

Predictive model measuring nitrous oxide emissions in streams, rivers

When it comes to greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide tends to steal the spotlight -- but new research reveals how scientists have developed a new,...

US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants

Many US waterways carry a variety of pollutants, but not much is known about the composition or health effects of these chemical combinations. A...

New England’s glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir

A study of natural groundwater storage reservoirs in New England found that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till -- a...

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